Category Archives: Meditations on Specific Texts

Have Faith in Easy Answers

2 Kings 5:1-14 and Luke 17:11-19 Three years ago, I developed a pinched rotator cuff in my left shoulder. It began limiting the things I could do. I tried several months of chiropractic treatments, which included some basic exercises. It … Continue reading

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The Key to Forgiveness is Conviction

In 2005, a tornado ripped through Benton, KY. A year later, my wife and I bought a lot that had been in its path. What remained on the lot was a huge pile of limbs and logs pushed together by … Continue reading

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God’s Grace is Never Ending

     You are the means of God’s grace. God is within you. Grace is unconditional love. It’s for everyone. Unconditional. And God’s grace is never ending. It’s simple. So start giving freely. Where else can grace come from? Where else … Continue reading

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Patriarchy, Divorce, and Inequitable Laws

     If you only read the verses selected by the Revised Common Lectionary for this Sunday (Luke 16:19-31), you might think the story Jesus made up about the conversation in Hades between Abraham, the rich man, and Lazarus simply refers … Continue reading

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The Abomination of Unequal Weights and Measures

Luke 16:1-13 I get really frustrated when I get my explanation of benefits for health insurance claims. During the first year I was retired, I used the Kentucky Healthcare Cooperative for my health insurance. I had an annual physical and because … Continue reading

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Unrighteous Mammon – What Is It?

     This is my interpretation/translation of Luke 16:1-13 with some footnotes at the end to explain some of the changes. Then [Jesus] also said to the disciples: “There was a certain rich man who had a manager, and this manager … Continue reading

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To be a Disciple is to be a Shepherd

Luke 15:1-10                                                                         Jesus had been teaching a crowd about the cost of choosing discipleship when he responded to the Pharisees with the story of a shepherd finding a lost sheep. Everyone who was listening understood that when you … Continue reading

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When Family Gets in the Way of Discipleship

Luke 14:25-33 + 2                                          According to Sunday’s gospel reading, Luke 14:25-33, you must (1) hate your family, (2) take up your cross – which is an image of suffering and persecution, and (3) give up your possessions to be … Continue reading

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Compassion or Attendance?

Luke 14:1, 7-14 At the end of this blog is a sermon I preached in 2013 on the Luke 14 text. There’s not much difference in how I have translated the text from the Greek from the typical versions:      Now … Continue reading

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Law Does Not Trump Love

Luke 13:10-17        The Sabbath. A day of rest? Or a day of Law, sprinkled with a little good news? What serves you best? A church full of love or law? What serves the church best? Love or law? What … Continue reading

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